U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has received nearly $1.6 million in federal funds for new equipment to improve and expand its capabilities to diagnose children with complex conditions and genetic disorders. Schiff requested funding for the hospital through fiscal year 2022 federal funding legislation.
“There is no greater investment than the health of our children. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gives young people in my district and beyond the opportunity to live brighter, healthier futures, and that’s why I leapt at the opportunity to support their work with federal funding,” Schiff said. “These new funds will allow CHLA to provide even more cutting-edge, personalized services to children who need them most, and to continue fostering health and hope in Southern California.”
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has allocated nearly $1.6 million to CHLA to purchase Whole Genome Sequencing equipment, which enables advanced diagnosis and personalized care for children with conditions such as autism and developmental disorders. The equipment also allows for rapid diagnosis of rare genetic disorders in newborns. It improve diagnostic capability, and enable CHLA to perform significantly improved genetic testing for even more patients, hospital administrators said.
“On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I am profoundly grateful to Congressman Schiff for delivering this much-needed genomic sequencing technology to our Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,” said Paul S. Viviano, president and CEO of CHLA. “His unwavering commitment to CHLA and child health made this crucial addition of leading-edge equipment possible, and it will go a long way toward ensuring that all children in Los Angeles and beyond have access to the highly personalized care they deserve, powered by the amazing promise of genomic medicine.”
For information, visit schiff.house.gov.
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